England v India: second Test, day two

India vs England 2nd Test Virat Kohli was at the non-striker's end when Cheteshwar Pujara was run out

With the forecast set fair for Saturday, it will be the turn of England's batsmen to drive home the advantage given to them by their bowlers on a day where there were two stoppages for rain spanning more than five hours.

When Woakes came to the crease England were, if not in trouble - India's capitulation on Friday for 107 meant that was already off the table - at the least undergoing the latest performance from a top order that refuses to be anything other than shaky. It took the Surrey right-hander just two balls to score his first Test runs when he flicked a Sharma inswinger behind square-leg for four.

Virat Kohli is now in the middle of a run-churning spree owing to his awe-inspiring form in global cricket. That followed a first-day washout in London.

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Warwickshire favourite Woakes, recalled after England omitted Ben Stokes because of a clash with his fellow pace-bowling all-rounder's trial for affray, had missed the hosts' 31-run win in the first Test at his Edgbaston home ground last week because of fitness concerns following knee and calf injuries.

Thereafter, wickets began to fall in heaps with Hardik Pandya (10) falling to Woakes before left-armer Sam Curran took Dinesh Karthik's (1) stumps for a ride.

England were then forced to wait more than three hours before getting a third crack at India at 5.10pm.

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After an assured start Keaton Jennings was the first to depart, LBW to Mohammed Shami (two for 27) for 11.

With the sun shining it looked like ideal batting conditions, but the rare rainfall of the previous two days in London still gave the India attack hope they could bowl their side back into he match. But Kuldeep rarely troubled Bairstow, who cover-drove him for four to complete a 76-ball fifty featuring seven boundaries. The 20-year-old played only 15 First-Class matches before this clash leaving many to wonder whether the young gun had what it takes to take on the world's best side.

Pope made a promising 28 before he was lbw to Pandya. As first innings go in Test cricket it was a good one.

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The second session will be vital with India still looking to get early wickets to keep England's first-innings lead to a minimum.

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